Inmate's suit dismissed

By Daniel Silliman


A 42-year-old jail inmate's federal suit against the sheriff has been dismissed.

Wesley Williams wanted $20 million in compensation for "pain and suffering and cruel and unusual punishment," but his case was dismissed late last week. Richard Story, United States District Judge, found Williams has already filed too many frivolous lawsuits, and dismissed it.

The dismissed federal suit was the man's fifth since he was arrested on charges of child molestation, rape, incest and failure to register as a sex offender.

In the Clayton County courthouse, Williams' files are filled with handwritten motions, appeals, legal arguments and letters to the judge assigned to his cases. In blue ball-point on lined paper, he explained in one letter that, "this is too serious a case to just sit back."

Williams, who worked for a information technology company, was convicted in Connecticut of sexual assault and strong-arm rape. He served 10 years in prison, records show. His company transferred him to Atlanta in 2007. He moved to Jonesboro, but didn't register as a sex offender.

Williams, according to his writings, didn't think he had to. He writes that officials told him he didn't have to, and he argues that he wasn't a predator in his Jonesboro neighborhood, but someone who played with the kids, paying them to have relay races in his yard.

The 42-year-old has since been charged with molesting and raping a 13-year-old girl, who lived on his street, and his 13-year-old stepdaughter, who was also listed as a witness in the Connecticut case.

Most of Williams writings in the case files are about witnesses for his defense, evidence he wants to have independently analyzed, and complaints about "due process," a phrase he regularly underlined twice. Williams' attempts to bolster his attorney's defense led him to the law library, and his first complaint in the federal suit, filed Oct. 1. Williams complained he was being denied access to the law library.

"Inmate handbook that was given to me on or about 6/26/07 states on pg. 8 only inmates allowed to visit law library shall be those representing themselves in court on a criminal matter, which violates my rights ... Denied access to law library to fight my case. My case has suffered," Williams wrote.

The 42-year-old also complained of weight loss, due to poor diet, of being fed bleach in his grits, being forced to sleep on the floor, and he reported a rumor that there was lead in the water.

The judge was unimpressed, and citied rulings using the words "frivolous," and "malicious." A track record of dismissed lawsuits can be overlooked by a judge, but Story didn't see any reason to give Williams extra leeway.

"This Court," Story wrote, "finds that [Williams'] allegations -- including his ambiguous reference to finding bleach in his grits, apparently one time, and hearing from someone that lead is in the water -- are insufficient to indicate that he is in imminent threat of serious injury."

The 42-year-old can refile his suit, if he wants to pay to file.